Ground Beetles of Ireland


Nebria rufescens

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Nebria rufescens
© Roy Anderson
Nebria rufescens
© Roy Anderson
Nebria rufescens
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(Maps updated 30th November 2009)
 

Nebria rufescens (Ström, 1768)

Description: A moderately large (9-12mm) black ground beetle (form balbi Bonelli has red legs). Lives under stones, among shingle etc, at the sides of upland streams and rivers. Also common among boulders and scree on high mountain tops. Widespread and locally common in mountains.
 

World Distribution: A circumpolar Boreal-montane species (46) found throughout northern and western Europe in montane or submontane habitats, east across Siberia to northern North America.
 

Irish Status: In Ireland, as in Britain, this species seems to be common only in the north and west. However, it is possibly under-recorded in southern counties.
 

Ecology: Primarily riparian on the banks of coldwater gravelly or rocky streams. Also recorded from the summit moraine of the Mourne Mountains, Down.